We woke up on Sunday surprisingly fresh and un-hungover – I got so distracted dancing to cheesy tunes that I kind of forgot to drink anything for the last few hours of the wedding, which definitely helped – but a decent brunch was still the order of the day. A little scout on the blogs told me that Cheese & Alfies was our best bet – a quirky little cafe in Christchurch’s historic quarter with an extensive brunch menu. Perfect.
It was perfect for Sunday morning brunching – relaxed decor, generous portions and friendly staff. There were books tucked into the backs of the chairs and fun posters adorning the walls, as well as plenty of room for groups as well as couples or individuals. There was a little bar at the back upstairs, and by the looks of their website they do private parties – so I had a little daydream about having a cute birthday party here. It struck that perfect note between unusual and unique without being pretentious.
The food was also delicious and exactly what we were looking for. Thick slices of doorstop bread with real butter, mounds of scrambled eggs and crispy slices of bacon. Kirsten had the ‘pan haggerty’ which I was most jealous of (as I always am with dishes covered in cheese). My smoked salmon and poached egg was gorgeous – and the toasted seeds which garnished the dish were a welcome addition.
I don’t usually mention the child-friendliness of the restaurants that I visit – mostly because I have absolutely no experience in that area – but I think it’s worth mentioning this time since we had Martha with us. A kids menu complete with crayons was presented to us on arrival and there were toys and books squirrelled away on some bookshelves in the corner – perfect for distracting a fidgety little one whilst her parents finished their breakfasts! Plus, I was rather proud of my doodling efforts…
All in all, a brilliant brunch!